Dr Janet Atherton
Janet trained in medicine and public health at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne before moving to the North West in 1994 for her first consultant post. She has extensive experience working as a Director of Public Health in both the NHS and local government from 1998 until 2015.
She was President of the Association of Directors of Public Health from 2012 to 2015, playing a leading role in the transition of public health from the NHS into local government during her presidency.
Janet was instrumental in the setting up of Smokefree North West acting as Chair, which later evolved into Tobacco Free Futures. She is known for her longstanding commitment to tobacco control and has a keen interest in developing the links between the natural and built environment and health.
She was awarded an OBE for services to public health in 2015 and is now running her own consultancy focusing on using leadership development, coaching and mentoring to enable others to improve the health and wellbeing of the people they serve.
She is an adviser to Public Health England on public health in local government and works as an Associate with the Local Government Association. She is also a member of the Department of Health’s Advisory Committee for Resource Allocation (ACRA).
She is skilled at working in complex systems and building and sustaining effective partnerships and is involved in the development of systems leadership and sector led improvement nationally.
In her spare time Janet enjoys cycling and walking, the odd rock concert with her husband and 2 sons and has a keen interest in family history.